Can we eliminate medical errors?

All humans make mistakes. Doctors and nurses are human; they make mistakes. All systems are imperfect. Medical professionals use systems.

Errors by medical professionals and systems are inevitable (unfortunately, they send 2.4 million patients to hospitals yearly and are directly linked to 200,000 annual fatalities). Regardless of methods used to detect, prove and compensate for medical errors, how much better can we do in reducing or eliminating medical errors and what areas should we focus on to get the best improvements?

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